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Re: Brewing question...

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Posted by Doug Boyd ( on January 06, 2002 at 22:45:11:

In Reply to: Brewing question... posted by Lee Matier on December 30, 2001 at 14:36:58:

: I have just recently started my apprenticeship in "brewing" here in Virginia Beach in the last 6 months. My first brew of course was that of a "Bitter" from which I purchased at the Cake and Wine Hobby shop. My question is that of a puzzling one to me. The beer turned out well except for the "body" of the beer; it seemed to be...weak. I did notice though as the beer aged that the "body" of the beer would become more enhanced but still rather weak. Any help would be appreciated. By the way, I do own a copy of "The New Complete Joy of Home Brewing," by Charlie Papazian. OH! and I hope to meet each and everyone of you at a club meeting! Thanks for your time.

I recently did a bitter "kit" from Wine & Cake Hobbies. It was a John Bull, single can, pre-hopped with a packet of non-descript dry yeast.
The can said it would do 5 gallons. Annabelle was selling it for half price so I tried. It does not taste "bad", but at a club judging some
of the comments were that it was too sweet for a bitter and a bit thin. I usually use unhopped extract(dry or canned) with various specialty
grains added. This allows me some control over the hops and yeast used and only adds a few more steps to the process.
Happy Brewing! Doug

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